At-risk diabetics advised to take aspirin later in life

May 27, 2010 3:03:33 PM PDT
Three major medical groups are advising at-risk diabetics to begin daily aspirin later in life to prevent a heart attack or stroke.

The American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and the American College of Cardiology have agreed to the new guidelines. They suggest that only male diabetics over 50 and female diabetics over 60 who are at risk for a heart attack or stroke should be taking aspirin as a preventive.

Previously the recommend age was 40.

It is estimated people with diabetes are at three times the risk of cardiovascular events compared to people without diabetes.

But there are risks associated with taking aspirin, so patients are advised to talk with their physician first.


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